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Know Your Acupuncturist! Training is Paramount to Your Safety: https://www.ccaom.org/images/ccaom/Documents/KnowYourAcupuncturist_V4.pdf
The American Medical Association (AMA) recognizes dry needling as an invasive procedure, and maintains that it should only be performed by licensed acupuncturists and medical physicians with sufficient comprehensive training required for the safe practice and effectiveness of this surgical technique. For more information see the AMA policy: https://policysearch.ama-assn.org/policyfinder/detail/dry%20needling?uri=%2FAMADoc%2FHOD-410.949.xml
Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) Position Paper on Dry Needling: https://www.ccaom.org/images/ccaom/Documents/Position-Papers/Dry-Needling-Positiion-Paper.pdf
A study by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 2003 cited over 43 diseases, conditions and symptoms that are treatable with acupuncture: Acupuncture: Review and Analysis of Reports on Controlled Clinical Trials, World Health Organization
Websites of Interest
The Council of Colleges of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (CCAOM) was formed in 1982 to advance the standing of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) in the U.S. by promoting educational excellence within the field. The founders and early members of the Council were educators who understood that the integrity of any profession is directly dependent upon the quality of its educational system. Accordingly, the Council created a separate accreditation commission to establish measurement standards for educational achievement with the goal of obtaining formal recognition and approval of those standards in the traditional higher education community.
The Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (ACAOM) is a specialized accreditation agency recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE). ACAOM is a 501 (c) (3) not for profit corporation, incorporated in the District of Columbia. National, regional, and specialized accreditors are reviewed by the USDE to ensure that the accrediting body meets specific standards established by Congress.
The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) is the national professional association established in 1917 to represent the interests and concerns of occupational therapy practitioners and students of occupational therapy and to improve the quality of occupational therapy services.
The National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM) is responsible for the development and administration of the Acupuncture, Chinese Herbology, and Oriental Medicine Certification Programs. The NCCAOM evaluates and attests to the competency of its National Board-Certified AcupuncturistsTM through rigorous eligibility standards and demonstration and assessment of the core knowledge, skills and abilities expected for an entry level practitioner of acupuncture and Oriental medicine.
The American Society for Acupuncturists (ASA) is a 501(c)6 not-for-profit collaboration among state based acupuncturist professional associations. The Mission of the American Society of Acupuncturists is to promote the highest standards of professional practice for Acupuncture and East Asian Medicine in the United States, thereby to benefit the public health.
The American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine is the oldest and largest national membership organization of acupuncture and Oriental medicine (AOM) practitioners and supporters that serves to advance the profession and practice of AOM.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM), on the campus of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, has been a center of information innovation since its founding in 1836. The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. In addition, the Library coordinates a 6,500-member National Network of Libraries of Medicine that promotes and provides access to health information in communities across the United States.
The New England School of Acupuncture (NESA) has been synonymous with excellence in acupuncture education since 1974, making it the oldest acupuncture program in the U.S.
The New Hampshire Board of Acupuncture Licensing (NHBAL) was created in 1997 and entrusted with the task of ensuring that “acupuncture and oriental medical therapies practiced by qualified persons are available to the people of New Hampshire.” (NH Statute 328-G:1,II(b)). NHBAL issues new licenses and renewal licenses to qualified acupuncturists in New Hampshire, and is responsible for the ongoing regulation of our licensees in order to protect the public health, safety and welfare.
The New Hampshire Acupuncture and Asian Medicine Association (NHAAMA) is a state level professional membership organization whose primary goals are to encourage the integration of acupuncture and Asian medicine into health care in the state of New Hampshire, to expand the public understanding of acupuncture and Asian medicine, and to promote access to acupuncture and Asian medicine for all people.
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